Arguably the best part of slurping up a snow cone on a hot day is not the actual slurping, but instead picking the flavor.
Michael and Chance Gullett, co-owners of Frost Bites in Seaside, must know this, because the two are creative with flavor names. Their Airstream trailer offers many flavors of shaved ice, a form of snow cone with a texture like “powdery snow,” Chance said.
“I grew up with four flavor choices for snow cones,” Chance said. “We probably have 40 different flavors and hundreds of combinations.”
Some of the most popular flavors with children are the Piggly Wiggly, made with frozen custard, shave ice, flavor, cream and a gummy pig on top; Tiger’s Blood, made with strawberry and coconut; and Shark Attack, made with green apple, blue raspberry, cherry and gummy sharks. Other fun flavor names include the Bad Date, made with passion fruit and lemon and Chicken Lips, made with red apple and cherry.
Chance’s favorite flavor is named after her, Chance, made with mango and vanilla. Many flavors are named for family members, she said.
“It’s a family business,” Chance said. “We’ve had our children, my mother, my sister, my brother-in-law, everybody’s worked in some capacity over the years.”
Not all shaved ice flavor names sound appetizing, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious. For instance, the Zombie Apocalypse is made with all 32 flavors, a splash of green apple, a splash of cherry, sour spray and gummy skulls.
“When they order it, we always make sure to ask the kids in a very serious voice, ‘Do your parents have medical insurance before we sell you this?’” Chance said. “Or we reach out and shake their hand and say, ‘It was really nice knowing you.’”
For Frost Bites, snow cones are more than just flavor. The Gulletts have taste-tested shaved ice all over Hawaii and Thailand to find the right one, Chance said.
“You wouldn’t think so, but believe me the people who come to our window are connoisseurs of shaved ice,” Chance said. “They know their ice, and they know exactly what they want. They’re after that powdery texture.”
Texture is important, because at Frost Bites, one flavor don’t involve the customer’s preference, the Oh Well.
“The kids like to order that,” Chance said. “We pick whatever we want to mix, and if you don’t like it, oh well.”
Here are some listings to find Frost Bites and other shaved ice or snow cone sellers in Northwest Florida.
• Frost Bites, 2215 E. Scenic Highway 30A, Seaside.
Call 252-822-4262 or visit frostbitesseaside.com or facebook.com/Frost-Bites-308966417970.
• Grayt Scoops Ice Cream & Shaved Ice, 39 Logan Lane Suite 3, Grayton Beach.
Call 850-601-1771 or visit facebook.com/graytscoops.
• Rainbow Snow Cones, 4980 S. Ferdon Boulevard.
Call 850-217-1765 or visit facebook.com/Rainbow-Snow-Cones-356720542570.
• Retro Sno Shaved Ice, 971 Industrial Drive.
Call 850-888-3766 or visit facebook.com/RetroSnoCrestview.
• Dewey Destin’s Snowballs, 9 Calhoun Ave.
Call 850-462-3796 or visit destinsnowballs.com.
• Kona Ice, HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Boulevard
Call 850-974-1011 or visit facebook.com/DestinKonaIce.
Fort Walton Beach
• Licious Café, 73 Eglin Parkway NE.
Call 850-586-6007 or visit facebook.com/Liciouscafe73
• Monster Sno Cones, location varies.
Call 850-496-1731 or visit monstersnocones.com or facebook.com/chillzonwheelz1.
Tommy’s Snoballs, 8603 Navarre Parkway.
Call 850-361-6868 or visit facebook.com/tommys.snoballs.
Bippy’s By the Beach at Bluewater Bay, 4550 State Road 20 E.
Call 850-279-3015 or visit bippys.com.
Tony Larue's New Orleans Snoballs, 115 Cannery Lane in The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Call 985-788-1450 or visit facebook.com/TonyLarues.